The Chicago White Sox entered the 2022 MLB season with extremely high expectations. They were heavily favored to win the American League Central division, and were considered among the favorites to reach the World Series. However, things have not gone according to plan a little over two months into the season.
On Tuesday, the White Sox placed closer Liam Hendriks on the 15-day injured list. The move is retroactive from June 11th. He is dealing with a flexor strain in his right forearm. While addressing the issue, the White Sox general manager provided an update.
Liam Hendriks has a flexor strain. “It’s a matter of how he responds to treatment over the next few days before we come up with an exact timetable,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said. “But the preliminary estimate is three weeks.”
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“It’s a matter of how he responds to treatment over the next few days before we come up with an exact timetable… the preliminary estimate is three weeks,” said Rich Hahn.
The White Sox closer was among the league leaders with 16 saves so far this season. However, he had not been nearly as dominant as the last few seasons, pitching to a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. However, his strikeout rate was still off the charts, with 37 strikeouts over just 25 innings pitched.
This is just the latest of a laundry list of injuries the White Sox have sustained. Chicago’s slugging outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been out since April 23rd. He then had a setback in mid-May during a rehab appearance, leaving the White Sox without a firm timetable.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal and shortstop Tim Anderson are both currently on the injured list as well.
Earlier this week, starting pitcher Michael Kopech left Sunday’s game with a knee injury. It is not believed to be too serious but he had to have fluid drained from his knee.
The White Sox are just 28-31 and six games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. If they can ever get their team together, it’d be interesting to see what they can do.